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Freeze, Thaw, Heat!

April 23rd, 2014 / Susan Huff / 0 comments

Getting the Most from Seasonal Food for Longer.

Freezing is a wonderful way to enjoy seasonal produce throughout the year, and, with a little upfront work, it makes it easy to grab healthy options to thaw and heat when in a hurry!  Just give yourself a few minutes to heat slowly so as to maintain the nutritional integrity of your delicious frozen homemade meal.

Here are a few timescale tips on refrigeration, freezing, thawing and heating your favorite foods!

REFRIGERATION

  • If not frozen, soups and entrees can be kept 7 –10 days in a refrigerator
  • Cookies and muffins can be kept in a refrigerator for 2 weeks.
  • Salads last 4 – 8 days in the refrigerator depending on how cool your keep your refrigerator

FREEZING

  • Soups, entrees, cookies, and muffins can be frozen for 1 year.
  • Dips and sides can be frozen up to 2 years (got to love garlic and lemon!).
  • When freezing with mason jars, avoid cracking by using straight-sided jars, and filling only as far as the fill-line below the lid twists.

GENERAL THAWING AND HEATING INSTRUCTIONS

Soups

  • Place frozen soups in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours until thawed.
  • Or, to thaw faster, put soup in a bowl of water in your sink.
  • Once thawed, place contents in a stainless steel saucepan, and heat slowly.
  • To preserve nutrients, opt for slow stovetop heating over the speedy high-heat of the microwave.
  • Entrees can be thawed in the refrigerator 2-10 hours prior to warming.
  • If thawed first, heat the entrée in a conventional oven, preheated at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or in a toaster oven for 20–30 minutes based on the size and wattage of your toaster oven (convection is best).
  • If placed in the oven fully frozen, please allow at least an additional 10 –15 minutes.

Entrees

COOKIES, MUFFINS, DIPS & SIDES

  • Cookies, muffins, dips and sides can be thawed in the refrigerator – takes 4-5 hours.
  • Warm to taste.
PLEASE REMEMBER

 

ALL PROVIDED CONTAINERS (TOPS AND BOTTOMS) ARE RECYCLABLE!

If you aren’t able to recycle, please return the containers to The Soulful Seed, so that we can!

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